As a university town, Dunedin is home to many establishments that cater to students. Restaurants are therefore less stratified than in other New Zealand cities, and you’ll find everyone -- students, businesspeople, families, elderly couples -- dining happily together in most places. There are plenty of budget options and quirkily named cafes and bars.

For a firsthand taste of university social life, head for the Governor’s Café, 438 George St. (tel. 03/477-6871), open daily from 8am to midnight, where the food is cheap, plentiful, and tasty. You’ll find numerous reasonably priced ethnic restaurants, sushi bars, and cheap Japanese restaurants in central Dunedin, so you’re never short of a good meal at a reasonable price; and all the usual fast food outlets have a presence too. The Jitsu, 133 Lower Stuart St. (tel. 03/470-1155), is one of my favorite Japanese spots. You can get a filling meal of sushi and tempura for as little as NZ$13. They’re open daily from noon until 5pm.

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